BROOKFIELD, Wis. – A man police suspected of killing three and wounding four by opening fire at a tranquil day spa was found dead Sunday afternoon after a six-hour manhunt that locked down a shopping center, country club and hospital in suburban Milwaukee.
Authorities said they believed the shooting was related to a domestic dispute. The man they identified as the suspect, Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, had a restraining order against him.
Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus said Haughton died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was found in the spa. Authorities initially believed Haughton had fled and spent much of Sunday looking for him.
The shooting happened about 11 a.m. at the Azana Day Spa, a two-story, 9,000-square-foot building across from a major shopping mall in Brookfield, a middle-to-upper-class community west of Milwaukee. Hours later, a bomb squad descended on the building, and Tushaus said an improvised explosive device had been found inside. It was not clear whether it remained a threat.
Haughton’s father, Radcliffe Haughton Sr., spoke to a television station and The Associated Press shortly before police announced his son’s death. In telephone interviews from Florida, he said he had last spoken to his son a few days ago but didn’t have an indication anything was wrong. He begged his son to turn himself in.
After learning of his son’s death, he said, This is very sad.
Police released little about Haughton other than a physical description and a photo.
Online court records showed a temporary restraining order was issued against him Oct. 8 in Milwaukee County Circuit Court because of a domestic abuse complaint. Haughton appeared in court Thursday, when a no-contact order was issued, and he was told to turn all his weapons over to the sheriff’s department.
It was not clear who sought the restraining order, but his father said he was married.
A sea of ambulances and police vehicles collected at the scene shortly after the shooting.